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Solarea Bio is an early-stage biotechnology company in Cambridge MA developing new microbiome-based solutions to disease. Solarea was founded in 2017 by a group of scientists and entrepreneurs eager to radically alter our understanding of the human microbiome and utilize its power to improve human health.

Cambridge MA
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Job Summary

We are seeking a Research Associate for Solarea Bio located in Cambridge, MA with experience working with bacteria and/or fungi with proficiency in aseptic technique, media and buffer preparation, culture inoculation and culture maintenance. The position will be a supporting role for the Discovery Lab with a large focus on culturing of microbes and the identification and quality control of bacterial and fungal strains.

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform culturing of bacterial and fungal strains as well as analytics such as quantifying cell numbers via cell counter, OD600, CFUs.
  • Propagate new cultures from parent stocks and perform quality control measures on new stocks/cultures via light microscopy, purity streaking, PCR, DNA extraction and Sanger Sequencing.
  • Assist in the manufacturing of microbial biomass for pre-clinical studies.
  • Assist in maintenance of routine lab operations through washing of glassware, autoclaving of media, glassware, and lab consumables, ordering and restocking of laboratory supplies, etc.
  • Write detailed electronic lab notebook (ELN) entries, analyze and present data in cross-functional team meetings

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a life sciences-related discipline with 0-2 years of relevant laboratory experience
  • Experience handling microorganisms
  • Experience preparing buffers and media
  • Proficient in sterile technique
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task during daily routine
  • A desire to be in a laboratory setting, being involved in experimental design and downstream generation of scientific data
  • A sense of adventure and excitement to help build a new company and work in a highly dynamic team environment
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing workflows and activities
  • Attention to detail
  • Anaerobic culturing experience (optional)
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